Cruel serial adultery, legendary meanness, and a cavalier treatment of lovers. Bob Dylan's fans revere his genius, but at what price for the women he's scorned?
When Bob Dylan steps up on stage in London's Hyde Park today, his set list will include more than a few songs about the women he loved and lost. Now 78, his creative energy has for decades been sustained by his many affairs and their messy endings.
There have been so many lovers that it's often difficult to decipher which beauty he's singing about in each ballad of infatuation and betrayal. But what is undeniable is that more than a few songs have been inspired by the veteran folk singer Joan Baez, with whom he shared one of the most painful romances in music history. The pair have said little over the years about their relationship, although it has resurfaced in a new documentary about Dylan.